What are your current writing projects now? I’m revising Simon’s Death, a literary novel I wrote during NaNoWriMo 2012, and I’m thinking over my next novel for NaNoWriMo 2013. Lots and lots of thinking is the precursor to research and final writing for me. I am also revising the novel I wrote during Camp NaNoWriMo 2013.
What contributes to making a writer successful? Persistence. The willingness to learn grammar rules so as to know how to break them smartly. And always to use a dictionary and thesaurus, whether print ones or online.
Do you have any advice for writers? I think of the lessons my English Professor taught me: pay attention to diction, to weeding out clichés and jargon, to your point of view, to the reader, to your attitude and your characters’ attitudes, to persona, to details, and to structure.
How did you come up with the title? The two main characters’ names came to me first, and I felt using them in the title would create two meanings that would be interesting.
Who is your publisher? I self-published Time and Space through CreateSpace, Smashwords, and KDP.
Time is kidnapped by three boys from the future, then dumped in the future past to die. She finds shelter with a mysterious man whose name is Space, and she must either adapt or find her way home before the boys catch her and dispose of her forever.
“I am reading Time and Space by @ShireenJ and loving it! What a great writer!” – @Mariam_Kobras, 26 May 2013
Time is turning 40. But as she does every day of the week, she is on her way to her safe, boring job in the city, never thinking she is about to be yanked into a different space and time. Three boys grab her in broad daylight, pull her into a shiny cube, and take her to their present: a lab in future Toronto. Their prof is not amused. The boys had promised never again to kidnap people from the past, he reminds them. He orders them to leave her where they took the others: her future, their past. The Nasty Time, they call it.
But while they leave her alone in order to prep the cube, bikini girl slips in, instructs Time against her will on how to build a time machine to get back home, and hides just as the boys and prof return. But it’s all gibberish to Time, and she doesn’t want to learn anything about time travel . . . until the boys dump her in The Nasty Time. It’s 2411. She’s still turning 40. She wants to go home. But she can only do so if she learns to believe in herself.
Genre – Science Fiction / Time Travel
Rating – PG13
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